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Used by both the Greeks and the Romans, it is the most valued of all the chalcedonies
The weird and the wonderful
A translucent apple-green variety of chalcedony, chrysoprase’s color is derived from a presence of nickel. Prase, a leek-green chalcedony, has a more sombre hue and is much rarer.
Some of the most valuable specimens come from Australia, hence chrysoprase can be known as 'Australian Jade'.
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History in a nutshell
Used for ornamentation since prehistoric times, in ancient times it was reputed to strengthen the eyesight and relieve internal pain.
The name is derived from the Greek chrysos and prase, meaning ‘golden leek’.
Usually cut en cabochon it is a popular choice for use in intaglios and cameos, with examples appearing in Greek, Roman and Egyptian jewelry. Chrysoprase was incredibly popular in the Victorian era, when the stones were often cut as low cabochons with a narrow rim of facets around the edge.
In the 1800s thieves believed that placing chrysoprase in their mouth would render them invisible.
Believed to be a calming stone that helps those who wear it work through their problems, and achieve success in new ventures.
The color of abundance, chrysoprase can help open, activate and energize the 4th, or Heart Chakra.
Quartz (Cryptocrystalline or Chalcedony)
Where in the world
- United States